Spring Garden Readiness. Really.
by Elyse Umlauf
Adapted from a previous edition of The REsource newsletter
Given the brutal winter many of us have experienced—bitter cold, snow, and more bitter cold—it’s hard to believe that the start of the spring gardening season really is just weeks away.
The Chicago Botanic Garden offers some ways for those in cold climates to get the garden ready for spring.
1. As the days warm up, gradually pull back mulch from around perennial crowns. Remove dead leaves from perennial clumps and be careful not to injure emerging new leaves.
2. Cut back to the ground all perennials and ornamental grasses that were left standing for winter interest.
3. Start seeds for annuals and vegetables in a moist, soilless seed mix. They can be started six to eight weeks before May 15, the last spring frost date.
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